To provide a safe environment conducive to learning, the school system maintains and enforces uniform written regulations stating the system’s standards for student conduct and attendance. Policy 4010 and the corresponding policy regulation pertain to the standards for student conduct. These standards are sent home with each student at the beginning of the school year, with a form for parents to sign acknowledging receipt. They also are online at mychesterfieldschools.com. The standards apply to students on school property (including school buses), at school-sponsored events and going to and returning from school. Included in these standards are regulations prohibiting weapons and drugs on school property. Lookalike and toy guns are included in the weapons policy. The School Board strongly supports the weapons and drugs regulations. Students who violate these regulations are subject to expulsion and, if the offense is a violation of the law, to prosecution. A student’s intent for having a weapon on school property has no bearing on a recommendation for expulsion.
Parents and students should be aware that by order of the Chesterfield Juvenile Court, police officers take every juvenile charged with a firearms offense directly to the Juvenile Detention Home where he or she is held until a detention hearing takes place before a Juvenile Court judge. Anyone who knows or suspects that someone has a weapon at school should report it immediately to a school official — teacher, school counselor or principal — or should call Crime Solvers (748-0660).